Online scare, response unfurl on social media

September 25, 2012

The threat against Skyline High School unfolded almost entirely in the social media realm — as students took to Twitter and Facebook to dissect the threat, school district officials used the tools to calm parents’ fears and investigators probed online for clues.

In the late-night hours of Sept. 19, as police and school administrators determined how to address a purported mass shooting on the Skyline campus the next day, students traded information and innuendo on social networking services.

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Investigation yields no suspect in Skyline shooting threat

September 21, 2012

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2012

Police have not identified a suspect in the shooting threat against Skyline High School, despite several interviews and a forensic investigation by the King County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

Investigators spent the last 48 hours attempting to pinpoint the user behind the threat posted Wednesday on the online bulletin board 4chan. Investigators said Friday they cannot verify whether the threat came from a Skyline student or anybody in the area.

In addition, investigators from the sheriff’s office and FBI reached a dead end after they traced the post to a proxy server in Sweden — a common technique among computer users seeking to mask their identities.

Officials said Skyline and other schools did not receive additional threats after the 4chan post. Officials closed Skyline on Thursday and reopened Friday with a beefed-up police presence on campus.

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Spurred by Skyline threat, absences jump 70 percent at Issaquah schools

September 20, 2012

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Sept. 20, 2012

Student attendance in the Issaquah School District tumbled Thursday, and absences spiked by 70 percent, as police investigated a shooting threat against Skyline High School.

District administrators decided late Wednesday to close Skyline on Thursday and keep other campuses open. Staffers and students at other schools felt the ripples early.

Districtwide, absences increased at 18 of 25 schools Thursday, although not every instance is attributable to the Skyline threat.

Officials counted 1,158 students absent Thursday, up from 680 a week earlier, Sept. 13, according to a comparison of attendance data. The district serves about 17,000 students from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.

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Investigation into Skyline threat continues as attendance drops elsewhere

September 20, 2012

UPDATED — 5 p.m. Sept. 20, 2012

Police continue to investigate a shooting threat against students at Skyline High School, as attendance at other Issaquah School District campuses — particularly Sammamish Plateau schools near Skyline — declined Thursday.

District administrators announced a decision late Wednesday to close Skyline after a threat made online targeted the school for a mass shooting. The district kept all other schools open.

Skyline also canceled all extracurricular activities and school athletics events scheduled for Thursday.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said police continue to follow several leads on the identity of the user behind the threat posted Wednesday on the online bulletin board 4chan. Investigators have not yet been able to determine if the user is a Skyline student.

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Report: Crime declines in Issaquah

June 12, 2012

An Issaquah Police motorcycle officer writes a traffic ticket to a motorist during the afternoon commute May 31 on Front Street South. By Greg Farrar

Crime declined in Issaquah last year, although as the rates of violent crimes and property crimes tumbled, robberies and burglaries increased from the prior year.

The information for Issaquah — from a report on crime statewide — showed a 12.2 percent drop in the overall crime rate for the city last year. The violent crime rate dipped 26.8 percent as the number of reported forcible rapes and aggravated assaults dropped. The property crime declined during 2011 by 11.6 percent, as police responded to fewer arsons, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.

Still, despite the overall decline, the city experienced a 40 percent increase in robberies, a violent crime, and a 19.8 percent increase in burglary, a property crime. The number of robberies reported to police inched upward between 2010 and last year. Police also responded to more burglaries in 2010 than 2011.

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Crime in Issaquah by the numbers

June 12, 2012

Offenses

Local law enforcement agencies classify offenses as Group A or Group B in reporting incidents to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System.

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Jurors rule in favor of police officers involved in deadly shootout

May 29, 2012

Issaquah police officer Brian Horn indicates locations on a map for a King County inquest jury May 22, as District Court Judge David Steiner observes. By Greg Farrar

Jurors deliberated only 19 minutes before determining Issaquah police officers faced a life-threatening scenario and properly used lethal force to stop a rifle-toting man on the Clark Elementary School campus last year.

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FBI asks for help to find Issaquah bank robbery suspect

May 29, 2012

Federal agents are seeking information about a man possibly connected to the March robbery of a KeyBank branch in Issaquah.

The call for information from the FBI field office in Seattle came after a man robbed a U.S. Bank branch in Seattle just before 3:30 p.m. May 18.

Authorities said the suspect could also be the man from the Issaquah heist.

The suspect in the Seattle robbery is described as a white man between 40 and 50. He wore black and carried a gun.

FBI agents asked people with information about the robberies to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 toll free. If the information provided results in charges being filed, the caller is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

In the Issaquah incident, police said the man showed a bank employee a gun and passed the employee a note demanding money at 10:51 a.m. March 24.

Officers responded to the bank at 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd. moments later, but could not locate the suspect.

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Man robs Issaquah bank at gunpoint

March 27, 2012

Issaquah KeyBank robbery suspect

Police said a man robbed a KeyBank branch along a bustling Issaquah street March 24, and then escaped.

Police said the man showed a bank employee a gun and passed the employee a note demanding money at about 10:51 a.m.

Officers responded to the bank at 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd. moments later, but could not locate the suspect.

The employee described the man to police as a white man in his 30s, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighing 200 pounds. Police said he wore a beige hooded coat, jeans and a dark-colored baseball cap, and carried a motorcycle helmet.

The suspect used dark clothing to conceal the lower portion of his face during the robbery. Police said he then fled eastbound from the bank.

The case remains under investigation by the Issaquah Police Department and the FBI.

What to know

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Call 1-800-222-TIPS toll free.

The last bank robbery to occur in Issaquah unfolded at the same KeyBank branch.

In October, a thief robbed the bank and fled. FBI agents arrested the suspect, a former Snoqualmie resident connected to other thefts in the area, days after the robbery.

Investigators said the suspect, Christopher Isaac Titian, approached a bank employee, handed the employee a demand note and then fled.

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Police: Man robbed Issaquah bank at gunpoint

March 24, 2012

NEW — 7 p.m. March 24, 2012

Police said a man robbed a KeyBank branch in Issaquah on Saturday morning, and then escaped.

Police said the man showed a bank employee a gun and passed the employee a note demanding money at about 11 a.m.

Officers responded to the bank in the 400 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard moments later, but could not locate the man.

The employee described the man to police as a white man in his 30s, 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 200 pounds. Police said he wore a beige hooded coat, jeans and a dark colored baseball cap, and carried a motorcycle helmet.

The suspect used dark clothing to conceal the lower portion of his face.

The suspect fled eastbound from the bank.

The case is under investigation by the Issaquah Police Department and the FBI.

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